Child Care Leader Salary

Women account for the majority of Child Care Leaders in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.24 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.97 per hour on the low end to $13.45 on the high end. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Over a third get medical and dental insurance, and approximately one in seven get vision plans, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,866 - $45,302
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,806
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$7.97 - $13.45
(Median)
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,866 - $45,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,992 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $13.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $100.67  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,992 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Many Child Care Leaders move into a Director of Child Care role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $32K per year. As Child Care Leaders progress in their field, many go on to become Preschool Teachers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $24K per year. Another common career choice for Child Care Leaders is to move into a Daycare Teacher role. Typically, Daycare Teachers get paid $20K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Child Care Leaders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. Child Care Leaders see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $28K.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 63%
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